The Los Angeles Sparks are proud to announce the inaugural “City of Pasadena Night” to be held at STAPLES Center on Thursday, August 27th as the Los Angeles Sparks take on the Phoenix Mercury at 7:30pm.
The City of Pasadena, and most notably its youth, will be prominently featured at the STAPLES Center throughout the game. Mayor Bill Bogaard and Councilman Chris Holden will serve as honorary coaches, while youth groups will have the opportunity to play a pre-game exhibition scrimmage, sing the national anthem and perform during halftime. Ten Pasadena youth will also help put the game on – working in the Sparks front offi ce the week before and shadowing Sparks’ staff during game time to provide a taste of a career in sports.“Our Head Coach Michael Cooper is not only a Pasadena native and Pasadena City College Alumnus, but the City of Pasadena and the LA Sparks share an additional common goal: bettering the lives of children in our communities,” said Sparks team president, Kristin Bernert. “The Sparks organization is focused on inspiring future generations on the court and in the community.”
The concept of “Pasadena Night with the Sparks” was presented by Community organizer Ishmael Trone and Youth Advocate Kardia Pinckney. The collaboration provided an opportunity to host an annual citywide event to showcase all that Pasadena does to inspire and encourage their youth.
“The commitment of the Los Angeles Sparks to Pasadena spans many years. They have been active in our community, and Pasadena is about community,” said Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden. “This event at STAPLES Center is a continuation of our partnership. It is our intention to make this night something the Pasadena residents can look forward to and take part in for years to come.”
Several Pasadena organizations are already scheduled to participate, including John Muir High School Cheerleaders and Girls Basketball Team, Pasadena High School Girls Basketball Team, Blair IB School, and the Sue Bee Dance Academy.
In addition to City of Pasadena Night, August 27th is the Sparks' Go Green Night presented by Waste Management -- a complementary tie given Pasadena's significant demonstrated commitment to the environment. The game will feature a Green Expo on the concourse and tips to help fans “go green” played in game, including booths for the City of Pasadena.